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LCC gathering feedback on new mission statement for college

LCC gathering feedback on new mission statement for college
The Lookout

Aaron Emerson
For The Lookout

Lansing Community College is hoping to solidify a mission statement before the winter and is spending nearly a month this summer gathering public input.

The college held three feedback sessions in separate locations in July, and has four more scheduled in August. LCC’s current mission statement has been in place for over 12 years.

Bo Garcia, the dean of Community Education and Workforce Development, said LCC wants students and the community to feel like they have a stake in crafting the new statement.

“We want to understand the perspectives and thoughts of our valued partners throughout the community, both internal and external,” Garcia said.

LCC officials have crafted two statements they are proposing to the community. Response forms being handed out at each forum allow participants to grade themes of each mission statement the college wants to relay. Attendees can also leave comments and voice their opinion.

The first three response forums were held on the main campus (July 19), the Livingston campus (July 20), and at the city of Lansing’s Southside Community Center (July 21). A total of 25 people showed up to the first two, while nobody attended the third.

“We had stakeholders ranging from students to individuals from the community that offered diverse, insightful and relevant information regarding their perspective on the mission statement,” Garcia said.

There are four more opportunities for area residents and students to give their feedback.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, there will be a forum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the LCC North Community Room and another from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in room S131 on LCC’s West Campus.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, feedback will be taken from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Letts Community Center and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Cristo Rey Community Center; both centers are in Lansing.

LCC’s current mission statement isLCC exists so that the people it serves have learning and enrichment opportunities to improve their quality of life and standard of living.”

Following are the two proposed mission statements.

Proposed Mission Statement A: “Lansing Community College provides high-quality educational programs and related support services focused on ensuring that all students successfully complete their desired transfer or career program goals while developing the life skills necessary to support themselves, their families, and their communities.

Proposed Mission Statement B: Committed to strengthening the economic health and cultural vitality of our diverse communities, Lansing Community College provides innovative student success opportunities that empower learners to become engaged global citizens.

LCC student Hannah Ware said she likes “Proposal A” best.

“I think it is a little more in-depth and touches on the most important aspects of what the college has to offer,” Ware said.

Space for each of the upcoming sessions is limited. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Krystian Vincent at vincenk8@star.lcc.edu.

For questions regarding the community conversations, contact Krystian Vincent at vincenk8@star.lcc.edu.

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